Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Promise Lodge

Today is National Tortilla Chip Day!  It is a very corny day (insert groan here).  The receipt for the chips was first brought to the United States from Mexico by Texas businessman, Elmer Doolin. On February 24 in history . . . The United States government received its first shipment of perforated postage stamps in 1857, the first nylon bristle toothbrush was made in 1938 (first time that nylon yarn was used commercially), NBC premiered Harper Valley PTA in 1980 (talk about corny), and Thomas Edison and Mina Miller married in 1886!

Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard is set in Promise, Missouri.  Mattie Schwartz, Christine Hershberger, and Rosetta Bender needed to get away from their town (Coldstream) and Bishop Obadiah (who tolerates violence against wives).  They bought tan old abandoned church camp and have started the Promise Lodge Colony (a place for a fresh start).  They are advertising for other Mennonite and Amish people to come and join them.  Everyone is working hard to the buildings and grounds up to date (as well as put in a vegetable garden and plant crops).  Noah Schwartz (Mattie’s son) is glad to get away because his fiancé, Deborah Peterscheim broke off their engagement.  Then Deborah shows up at Promise.    Her father threw her out and she regrets her decision to break off her engagement to Noah.  Will Deborah be able to show Noah that she has changed and regrets her actions?  Can Noah ever trust Deborah again?  Read Promise Lodge to see who wants a fresh start at Promise!

I enjoyed reading Promise Lodge.  It is a nice, easy to read (with good writing) novel that is heartwarming.  The setting sounded just lovely, and I liked all the characters (especially the elderly sisters that come to lodge at the house).  It is a little too preachy (a lot of scripture quotes), but I liked the theme of forgiveness and God’s will.  I give Promise Lodge 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it).  It is the first book of a new series by Charlotte Hubbard, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

The next book in the series is Christmas at Promise Lodge. It is currently schedule to be released on September 27, 2016.  I received a complimentary copy of Promise Lodge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My current book is Watch for the Dead by Sheila Connolly.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!  Do not forget about my Room for Hope contest.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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